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Sarah Marshall and Alex Steed attempt to understand what the hell it means to be the grown children of dads and other dad-like figures. And, as they do with all difficult subject matter, they do so by looking through a pop culture lens.

Why Are Dads? Sarah Marshall + Alex Steed

    • Mental Health
    • 5.0 • 39 Ratings

Sarah Marshall and Alex Steed attempt to understand what the hell it means to be the grown children of dads and other dad-like figures. And, as they do with all difficult subject matter, they do so by looking through a pop culture lens.

    Literal holiday madness and Christmas Vacation w. Sovereign Syre

    Literal holiday madness and Christmas Vacation w. Sovereign Syre

    It's a movie about a father who drives himself mad by holding himself to unrealistic holiday expectations, sure, but is it possible that there could be some daddy issues to unpack? Join us and guest Sovereign Syre (http://sovereignsyre.net/) as we talk about National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.
    You can find Sovereign on Twitter (https://twitter.com/sovereignsyre) and on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/https://www.instagram.com/sovereign_syre/?hl=en).
    Why Are Dads (https://www.podpage.com/why-are-dads/) is a show in which hosts Sarah Marshall and Alex Steed attempt to understand what the hell it means to be the grown children of dads and other dad-like figures. And, as they do with all difficult subject matter, they do so by looking through a pop culture lens.
    You can find us on Twitter (https://twitter.com/whyaredads), Instagram (https://instagram.com/whyaredads) and Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/whyaredads).
    The Liz Climo "You Are Good" merch can be found here (https://www.teepublic.com/user/whyaredads)!
     

    • 58 min
    Heroic Dads and Clear and Present Danger w. Jamelle Bouie

    Heroic Dads and Clear and Present Danger w. Jamelle Bouie

    Clear and Present Danger is a movie about a CIA agent that stands up to corruption, sure, but is it possible that this movie about a convictions-addled father also has some daddy issues to unpack?
    We were joined by very special guest Jamelle Bouie (https://jamellebouie.net/)—New York Times columnist and NBC political analyst—to discuss this 1994 political thriller classic.
    You can find Jamelle on Twitter (https://twitter.com/jbouie) and on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/) (his photos are great!)
    Why Are Dads (https://www.podpage.com/why-are-dads/) is a show in which hosts Sarah Marshall and Alex Steed attempt to understand what the hell it means to be the grown children of dads and other dad-like figures. And, as they do with all difficult subject matter, they do so by looking through a pop culture lens.
    You can find us on Twitter (https://twitter.com/whyaredads), Instagram (https://instagram.com/whyaredads) and Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/whyaredads).
    The Liz Climo "You Are Good" merch can be found here (https://www.teepublic.com/user/whyaredads)!
    This is, we should note, the first time we've had an actual dad guest on the show! AND! It's the first time we've watched a "dad movie". Lots of firsts with Mr. Bouie in this episode. Enjoy!

    • 58 min
    BONUS EPISODE: Saved by the Bell [Patreon episode]

    BONUS EPISODE: Saved by the Bell [Patreon episode]

    This is the latest installment of our Patreon-only chats (https://www.patreon.com/whyaredads) that we wanted to share with y'all because it's the Sunday before Covid Thanksgiving and things are weird!

    You could probably use a little Bayside in your life, so here we are. If this is the sort of things that appeals to y'all, we have weekly conversations about odds and ends over at our Patreon account. We call these chats "Shootin' the Shit w. Why Are Dads".

    This week we talked Zack Morris, Richard Belding, and the many dad issues that can be found in the Saved By the Bell universe. Specifically, we talk about the episodes Rent-a-Pop and A Tale of Two Beldings.



    We recorded this a while back, back before we knew what sort of format Why Are Dads would stick to. The only thing I wish, in retrospect, is that I [Alex] didn't refer to Dustin Diamond as "off the rails". Child stardom is f****d up and kinda (and sometimes very) abusive! On that note, you should totally watch Showbiz Kids, Alex Winter's HBO documentary on child stardom.



    You can find Why Are Dads here (https://www.podpage.com/why-are-dads/), and on Twitter and Instagram.

    • 38 min
    Demystifying Dad and Big Fish with Guest Louisa Smith

    Demystifying Dad and Big Fish with Guest Louisa Smith

    Tim Burton's Big Fish is about a man who hopes to get a better sense of who is yarn-spinning father is. Are there larger truths in our parents’ self-constructed myths? In their “amusing lies”? Who were our parents before we were born, anyway? Is it possible to get to know those people?
    It's another movie about a dad so on the nose with its themes that it is impossible to open with a pithy line about the issues it offers for unpacking.
    Join Sarah, Alex and guest Louisa Smith as they unpack.
    Why Are Dads is a show in which we attempt to understand what the hell it means to be the grown children of dads and other dad-like figures. And, as we do with all difficult subject matter, we this by looking through a pop culture lens.
    Louisa is on Twitter here:
    https://twitter.com/louisathelast (https://twitter.com/louisathelast)
    Find Why Are Dads online:
    https://twitter.com/whyaredadshttps://instagram.com/whyaredadshttps://www.patreon.com/whyaredads (https://www.patreon.com/whyaredads)
    EPISODE TRANSCRIPT:
    https://www.temi.com/editor/t/oIY0SakS3fDIDOlbYVzVCzqvcpDC_NnK0jymGj35BcX0Xxr5XgA_L7O4p6MH6bjG9oNpl6mZvtesKYEpDQRjzyb8T6A?loadFrom=SharedLink

    • 50 min
    Charismatic con men, grief and The Royal Tenenbaums

    Charismatic con men, grief and The Royal Tenenbaums

    We usually tease the episode with some pithy switcheroo about how the movie is about one thing, but is it possible that there are some dad issues to unpack? But this is a movie that refers to an entire family by the dad's name, so join Sarah, Alex and guest Rachel Vorona Cote as they unpack Wes Anderson's The Royal Tenenbaums.
    Here's Rachel on Twitter (https://twitter.com/RVoronaCote), and here is her wonderful book Too Much: How Victorian Constraints Still Bind Women Today (http://www.rachelvoronacote.com/book).
    We are selling this VERY limited run Why Are Dads shirt (https://www.bonfire.com/why-are-dads-the-shirt/) through November 18th.
    And here we are on Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/whyaredads)! And Twitter (https://twitter.com/whyaredads)! And Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/whyaredads/)!

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Invisibility AND masculinity in Honey, I Shrunk the Kids

    Invisibility AND masculinity in Honey, I Shrunk the Kids

    Honey, I Shrunk the Kids is about a dad who shrinks his kids, sure, but is it possible there are some issues to unpack in a movie in which dad can't see or hear his children? Sarah and Alex discuss and heap loads of love unto Rick Moranis.
    As a bit of "reality" counter-programming we decided to expedite our chat about this beloved family classic. It's got Rick Moranis! It's got Antie! It's got big cookies and giant Legos! Turn your brain off for an hour and let's go back to our childhood and then, of course, ruin that trip by taking about how dads can be... a real situation.
    Hey! You can find us on:
    Patreon (https://www.podpage.com/why-are-dads/)Twitter (https://twitter.com/whyaredads)Instagram (http://instagram.com/whyaredads)

    • 1 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
39 Ratings

39 Ratings

H.Antolick ,

Delightful and weird

Excellent movie podcast that includes political, psychological, and social ideas about dads and daddy issues.

kwroth ,

I wanna be bffs

I don’t even like movies but I have to listen anyway because I need more Sarah Marshall in my life

photogeekgirl ,

Great concept and execution

As TV & Cinema was on of my babysitters growing up, I love the idea of exploring father figures through iconic films.

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